Columbus September 08, 2017
9 Amazing State Parks Around Columbus That Will Blow You Away
Summer is winding down, but the best time to enjoy the outdoors is just beginning! Autumns can be calm and beautiful in Columbus, and the cooler weather can be perfect for camping and hiking. Luckily, the state of Ohio is incredibly rich in state parks, and for residents of Columbus, beautiful scenery and convenient campgrounds are just a quick drive away. At these state parks, you can enjoy lots of fun activities, including swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, disc golfing, and, of course, learning about Ohio’s rich wildlife and natural history. Here are 9 state parks that are within a one hour drive of central Columbus.
1. Alum Creek State Park
This oasis for water lovers is a great state park right here in Columbus. At Alum Creek you can enjoy camping, swimming, boating, fishing, and so much more. There are trails to walk and a great fenced dog park for your four-legged pals.
Alum Creek State Park is located at 3305 S. Old State Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
2. A.W. Marion State Park
A.W. Marion is a small, quiet, and serene state park. During the summer, this is a great place to camp and enjoy picnic areas, fishing, and trail walking. During the winter, the park is also open for sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing.
A.W. Marion State Park is located at 7317 Warner Huffer Road, Circleville, Ohio 43113
3. Flint Ridge State Park
Over 10,000 years ago, Native Americans quarried the area that is now the Flint Ridge State Park for flint, which was used to make tools like knives and spear points. There is a great museum where you can learn about this fascinating history. In addition to providing a great educational opportunity, the park also provides beautiful trails and an calming outdoor experience.
Flint Ridge State Park is located at 15300 Flint Ridge Road, Glenford, OH 43739
4. Delaware State Park
The dense woodlands and meadows that cover this park were once the lands of the Delaware Indians. You can enjoy this park with a unique accommodation - a yurt. Three furnished yurt units are available to rent May through October.
Delaware State Park is located at 5202 U.S. Highway 23 N, Delaware, OH 43015
5. Dillon State Park
This park, set in hilly valleys of the Dillon area, has room for all your favorite activities. There is a disc golf course, a bridle trail, mountain biking and hiking trails to enjoy the scenery.
Dillon State Park is located at 15300 Flint Ridge Road, Glenford, OH 43739
6. Buck Creek State Park
A mix of forest, meadows, and prairies make Buck Creek State Park a beautiful nature retreat. Equipped with a beach for summer fun, cross-country skiing trails for the winter, and a disc golf course for all seasons, this park is an exciting visit any time of the year!
Buck Creek State Park is located at 1976 Buck Creek Ln., Springfield, OH 45502
7. Deer Creek State Park
Deer Creek State Park is located within Ohio's rich agricultural lands, giving way to incredible flora and wildlife. Enjoy an 18-hole golf course and a 9-hole disc golf course as you take in the beautiful nature.
Deer Creek State Park is located at 20635 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143
8. Buckeye Lake State Park
The perfect place for water sport enthusiasts, Buckeye Lake State Park has long been a favorite weekend destination for Columbusites. White Buckeye Lake does not have its own campground, you can reserve a shelter house to serve as your base while you enjoy a day on the water.
Buckeye Lake State Park is located at 2905 Leibs Island Rd. NE, Millersport, OH 43046
9. Madison Lake State Park
The 106-acre lake at Madison Lake State Park is a great place to enjoy sailing, rowing, or canoeing. Enjoy a one-mile hiking trail through woodlands and along the lake, then stop at the fully equipped picnic area for a snack!
Madison Lake State Park is located at 4860 E Park Dr., London, OH 43140
There are so many relaxing parks and so many activities to enjoy, and all just an hour or less outside of the city! If you want to learn more about the parks and their amenities, make sure you visit the
Ohio State Parks website.
Which one is your favorite? Let us know!